Smiley Face Water Tower in Atlanta, Illinois

Here’s a quick photo that will surely make you smile: this is the smiley face water tower in Atlanta, Illinois! This water tower must be really happy to live in this midwestern town! But, I mean, with its prominent place on Route 66, who wouldn’t be!

Smiley Face Water Tower in Atlanta, Illinois

This smiley water tower is located on Route 66 in Atlanta, Illinois. The water tower is painted a bright canary yellow with two black dots for eyes and a beaming smile. It gives a warm welcome to those visiting the rural town, driving the Mother Road, stopping by to check out the giant muffler man with a hot dog, visiting the gas station muffler man head, or grabbing lunch at The Palms Grill Cafe.

The water tower was painted bright yellow and given a silly smiley face in 2003, the same year the famous Atlanta muffler man was moved in in honor of the town’s 150th birthday, costing $175,000.

If you love this Illinois roadside attraction, you might want to check out another painted water tower on your next road trip: the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle in Collinsville.

Route 66 Smiley Face Water Tower

Location: 407 SW 2nd St, Atlanta, IL 61723
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date of photo: July 15, 2007

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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